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shrivel

verb uk   us   /ˈʃrɪv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
[I or T] to become dry, smaller, and covered with lines as if by crushing or folding, or to make something do this: The lack of rain has shrivelled the crops. You ought to pick those lettuces before they shrivel (up) and die. [I] to become much smaller than is needed or wanted: Profits are shrivelling as the recession gets worse.
shrivelled
adjective uk   us   /-əld/
Those oranges were looking a bit old and shrivelled, so I threw them out.
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